Titus Andronicus release their new album, The Most Lamentable Tragedy, later this month. It features 29 tracks and 93 minutes of material. Their first video spans six songs and over 15 minutes of music. Labeled as a short film, "The Magic Morning" should be covered by community theaters everywhere.
Kendrick Lamar is doing everything on another level right now. Not only has he received massive critical acclaim for his latest record, To Pimp A Butterfly, he also earned the "Generational Icon" award from the California State Senate back in May for his "ongoing efforts to address issues affecting his community and recognized for the music he's produced that reflects these concerns." And to top it off, he recently released this breathtaking video for "Alright", a track that Lamar had to explain to a lot of white people at Fox News.
Speaking of rappers who have to break things down for white people, Killer Mike has been a regular on the pundit circuit since last year's murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. And with each appearance, I've grown to appreciate Mike's perspective and wisdom on many topics, but his thoughts on race relations in the United States deserve to be heard by more people. I've only been able to watch part one of his recent two-part interview with Travis Smily on PBS, but I'm looking forward to finishing his interview this week. From part one:
"We are smart enough as individuals and as a collective to overcome racism. I truly believe that. But with that said, I want to see the day that someone who truly loves poor and working class people holds the Oval Office. I wish to see the day that the salt of the Earth human being is the person who’s first on the ballot and the statehouses."